Monday, June 5, 2017
“The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times … The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Find Your Happy
Every month this year we are highlighting simple practices that we can engage in to invite more peace, joy, and contentment into our lives. Why? Because our mission is to help people live richer lives, and we’ve found evidence to suggest we can all increase our happiness through simple skills that are easily learned and turned into habits. This month our focus is on flow.
What is Flow?
Flow is the state of mind that results from being fully immersed in an activity, so much so that we forget about time and the outside world and lose ourselves. Also known as “being in the zone,” it occurs when our minds are so involved in what we are doing that we do not have enough attentional “bandwidth” to monitor how we are feeling or listen to our mental chatter. It is typically produced while doing activities or tasks that require immense concentration and balance the level of challenge with our skill. Flow leaves us feeling energized, relaxed, and happy.
Practice Finding Flow
Due to its nature, finding flow consistently is not easy. The goal this month is to simply give it a try every day. Here are some tips that will increase your chances of finding flow. Find activities that you enjoy doing just for the sake of doing, i.e. for no other purpose than enjoyment. Then, eliminate as many distractions as possible and give yourself plenty of time for the activity. Finally, concentrate fully on what you are doing, not in order to produce anything or achieve a goal, but rather to develop your skills and master whatever it is you are doing.
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